I moved to France in September 2006 to work as an English Assistant and decided to stay for a while. Originally, I had planned to stay for 8 months and then move to Australia to start my PhD. But I quickly discovered that 8 months would not be enough time and I ended up staying for nearly 5 years. I accomplished a lot over the years and learned many valuable lessons about life in France, so I wanted to share them with others who are thinking about moving to France.
I worked two years as an English teaching assistant in middle & high schools near Annecy and during that time, I kept a detailed account of what life is like for assistants in France so that future assistants would know what to expect. In addition to the guide, I have scanned the many, many documents and papers needed (most available as JPGs) and put together a long list of links that should be helpful to assistants in all aspects of living and teaching English in France. Finally, I have made all of my ESL lesson plans (most in MS Word format) available for download, including the plans I made specifically for the assistants program as well as plans I made for private lessons.
A lot of former assistants who have Master's degrees go on to become lecteurs or lectrices at French universities (such as myself!) You can refer to a blog post I wrote for information on how to become a lecteur or lectrice.
When my time as an assistant ended, I decided to write more guides for expatriates in France to help with French bureaucracy, especially for non-European Union citizens. The information on these pages may not be 100% accurate since so much depends on your location in France and which civil servant you are dealing with on that particular day, but it should give you an overview of what to expect. As a disclaimer, please keep in mind that this is just my personal experience in France, and yours may or may not be anything like it.
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